Supporting social science research on campus and beyond

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP) provides a forum for contemporary public policy discussion, a mechanism to support faculty-guided undergraduate research, and an academic home for students pursuing a degree in public policy.

Under this interdisciplinary and cross-departmental framework, Bucknell faculty and students focus on particular policy areas including the economy, domestic and international politics, education, health, the environment, and civil society. The Institute supports student and faculty research and provides service to the local community through educational outreach.

BIPP's Fall Election Series: Election 2016: What's at stake?

While the news about this year's election has been dominated by discussions about the personalities of the candidates for president, the election of officials at all levels will have important implications for the formation of policy.  What impact has the election politics had on the political engagement of America's youth?  What is the history of our criminal justice system and what are the chances of reform? || View all events in the series.


Did you know Bucknell offers a minor in public policy?

The minor is designed to give students from a variety of academic majors the additional analytical and theoretical skills to supplement their academic majors and to participate knowledgeably and effectively in the public arena once they leave Bucknell, whether as policy makers or as engaged citizens.


To build and enhance a democratically engaged and informed local, national and global citizenry.

Mission Statement

The non-partisan, interdisciplinary BIPP supports the academic mission of Bucknell University through enhancing the curriculum, supporting undergraduate research in the social sciences, and providing public education about contemporary policy issues.

Upcoming Events

Pizza and Policy Debate

Sept. 26, ELC Forum, 8 p.m. 

Prior to the debate, Professors from the Department of Political Science will be on hand to discuss the candidates and where they stand on the issues. Pizza and drinks for all who attend. 

(Sponsored by BIPP and Political Science Dept.)


Peter EnnsOct. 13, ELC Forum, 7 p.m. 
Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World

Peter Enns is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University.

(Sponsored by BIPP and Political Science Dept.)

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Pizza and Policy Forum

Oct. 20, Academic West Bldg. Events Lounge, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Immigration Policy and the 2016 Elections

Prof. Durden (SOCI), Prof. Hecock (POLS) and Prof. James (POLS) will discuss current US policies with respect to immigration, the economic, cultural, and philosophical issues behind immigration policy, and the importance of immigration in the 2016 election.

Pizza and Policy Forum

Oct. 27,  Academic West Bldg. Events Lounge, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Trade Deal or Trade War? National Politics and the Future of Trade Relations

Prof. Doces (POLS) Prof. Lin (ECON) and Prof. Magee (ECON) will discuss the policy debate surrounding trade deals in this year's election.  What are the politics involved, what will be the impact on workers and the global economy, and how will the international community react? 


Jennifer LawlessSeptember 22, ELC Forum, 7 p.m. 
Running from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned Off to Politics.

Jennifer Lawless is professor of Government at American University, where she is also the Director of the Women & Politics Institute.

(Sponsored by BIPP and Political Science Dept.)

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Pizza and Policy Forum

Nov. 8, ELC Forum, 8 p.m. 
Election Return Watching with BIPP Faculty

Come watch live coverage of the election results with Bucknell faculty.  Pizza and drinks for all who attend.

(Sponsored by BIPP and Political Science Dept.)

Pizza and Policy Forum

Nov. 9,  Academic West Bldg. Events Lounge, 12 - 1 p.m.  
Election Recap

Who won and who lost? Professors from the Political Science Department will discuss lessons learned from 2016.

Pizza and Drinks for all who attend.


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